Today when most hunters hit the internet to look up some aspect of hunter optimization, they likely head straight to the site that they think can help: to Female Dwarf or Elitist Jerks or Petopia or here at the WHU. However, there are still a staggering number of new hunters and veteran hunters who don’t know where to find their info that hit Google in search of their hunter answers.
I thought it would be fun to check on Google and see how well it does at identifying the best information sources. So I did a bunch of searches for the “best” hunter optimization options for various things (using Chrome in incognito mode). I always clicked on the very first organic result and noted whatever advice that page had, and deliberately didn’t read beyond the first instance of finding an answer (as most people don’t). If the page didn’t advocate a best, I backed out and went down to the next search result.
So…. how well do you think Google did at optimizing a hunter? How do you imagine that hunter would do on the meters?
Google’s Hunter Armory
Here is what Google’s hunter would look like if Google took it’s own advice and used the top search result for each aspect of hunter optimization — which in theory should be the most relevant result.
Google’s hunter would be a MM hunter using a 6/32/3 build, and would use a sporebat for a pet. Google’s rotation would be to fire only Steady Shot and no other special shots. Google would use the WHU recommended MM glyphs as well as the WHU hunter gems and enchants.
I think we can agree that Google’s hunter missed the mark a bit here, and would not perform that well. I think it’s particularly funny that all the things that are most important to a hunter’s dps are the things that Google was most wrong on, while the smaller optimization things Google got right.
In terms of assigning blame (other than to Google) I have to take the hit for the sporebat pet showing up, while Elitist Jerks claims credit for the rotation — a very old post with no updates or warnings about being out of date showed up at the top of that result. The spec came from WoW Popular, so we all statistically share credit for that one.
It’s worth noting, of course, that there are many different ways you could word the searches to get better results than “best hunter spec” and “best hunter rotation.” It’s also interesting to note that Google had generally better results than its competitors — Bing was, as always, nearly identical with a bit more spam, while Blekko was a lot of irrelevant stuff and DuckDuckGo combined the delights of affiliate spam with irrelevant stuff.
Someone needs to build a hunter search engine. I think this should be Darkbrew’s next side-project.